President Barack Obama announced the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative during his State of the Union address on Jan. 12. The president appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head the effort to speed up research and progress in finding ways to cure cancer.
That was six months ago, and the initiative is rarely talked about.
Dr. Richard Deming is an oncologist, the medical director at Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines and the founder of Above and Beyond Cancer.
Deming said part of that is because there is still a lot of background work to be done. June 29 will be the National Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington D.C. as well as 10 other regional summits across the nation, including one in Iowa.
“It’s bringing together all the state holders in cancer: patients, advocates, doctors, researchers, funders, advocacy organizations. It’s designed to develop and focus on the strategies that prevent cancers that are preventable, to develop early detection for cancers that are curable and to make sure there is broad access to cancer care delivery. The fourth, and probably the most important, is to really focus on collaboration among all the people that are doing research in cancer,” Deming said.
He said there are so many silos in research and so many facilities with cancer databases, and the hope is to speed up new and better ways to cure cancer.
Watch the entire interview above for Deming’s perspective on the future of cancer.
On Part 4, we'll explore the political side of this cancer fight.
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